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Johnson County Government names criminal justice coordinator

Assistant County Manager Maury Thompson today named Dr. Alex Holsinger criminal justice coordinator for Johnson County Government.

As criminal justice coordinator, Holsinger will manage the county’s data-driven criminal justice efforts and major projects to address the root causes of criminal behavior, helping to create a better community.

“We are pleased to welcome Holsinger to our team at Johnson County Government,” Thompson said. “Based on our long-established working relationship with him as an academic consultant, we’re confident he has the knowledge, skills and abilities to advance our innovative approaches to criminal justice.”

Holsinger received his doctorate in criminal justice from the University of Cincinnati in 1999. During his academic tenure, which includes 19 years on the faculty at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, Holsinger has built his career around program and process evaluation at the local, state and federal levels.

“I am honored and very pleased to join such an innovative and energetic group of people who have a long track record of implementing evidence-based practices at every level of the criminal justice system,” Holsinger said.

His published academic work, including more than 40 peer-reviewed articles, involves tests of the effectiveness of various forms of criminal justice interventions. He has also conducted research on the development and testing of risk, need and responsivity assessments.

“Criminal justice reform continues to be a priority for county leadership. We look forward to working with Dr. Holsinger to continue to build on our past successes,” Thompson said.

In addition to his academic work, Holsinger has assisted government agencies at every level with training and implementation of evidenced-based practices in criminal justice case processing. He has been recognized by the American Probation and Parole Association, earning the Award in Corrections for contributions to the corrections field. In 2015, he received the Legacy of Leadership Award from the Kansas City Metropolitan Crime Commission for contributions to public safety.